Heisman Trophy watch: Updated odds, top candidates to win 2021 award


In 2019, Joe Burrow opened the season with 200-1 odds to win the Heisman Trophy.

In 2020, Alabama’s DeVonta Smith grew to become the primary receiver to win the award since 1991.

Those are run-of-the-mill races in contrast to what’s gone down to this point in 2021. Spencer Rattler, the preseason Heisman front-runner, is now a backup quarterback for Oklahoma. Clemson’s D.J. Uiagalelei, one other preseason favourite, is a part of a three-loss group and was briefly benched Saturday. Ole Miss’ Matt Corral and Alabama’s Bryce Young entered the week with the identical odds Burrow had, and they’re the Heisman front-runners heading into the ultimate week of October. 

The area is one huge mess, and as many as a dozen completely different instances might be introduced proper now.

BENDER: Who’s in the CFP if Selection Sunday were today?

Sporting News breaks down that wide-open race heading into Week 9. 

Statistical front-runner: Matt Corral

Corral has the numbers in Lane Kiffin’s wide-open Ole Miss offense to stick as a finalist. He has 1,913 passing yards and 15 TDs and 474 dashing yards and 9 extra TDs in seven video games. The Rebels did not beat Alabama, however one other Crimson Tide loss may lead to a back-door look within the SEC championship sport. Even if that does not occur, Corral has an incredible likelihood to be the primary participant to win a Heisman with out making the CFP since Lamar Jackson in 2015. This is the most effective recruiting software doable to reel in five-star quarterback Arch Manning. 

Bama man: Bryce Young

Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones had been Heisman finalists, however Young has a professional likelihood to win the award in his first yr as a starter. He added to that resume with 371 passing yards, 42 dashing yards and 4 complete TDs in a 52-24 blowout in opposition to Tennessee. Young now has 2,453 yards, 26 TDs and three interceptions, and if the Crimson Tide plows by the remainder of the SEC West and beats Georgia within the SEC championship sport it is going to be flip Young down as a first-place vote. He would be a part of Mark Ingram, Derrick Henry and DeVonta Smith as Heisman winners underneath Nick Saban. 

Super Senior: Kenny Pickett

Pickett validated a powerful first half by main Pitt to a decisive 27-17 victory in opposition to Clemson. Pickett led a pair of lengthy TD drives (90, 76) within the first half, and he finshed 25 of 39 passing for 302 yards and two TDs. The Panthers are 6-1, with the lone loss a head-scratching 44-41 shootout in opposition to Western Michigan. Other than that, Pickett has been nearly-flawless with 2,236 yards, 23 TDs and one interception. As far as pure passers go, Pickett is correct on the top. He’s rising because the blue-collar alternative. 

Fabulous Freshman: Caleb Williams

The Oklahoma quarterback has made simply two begins, however is there a greater quarterback in school soccer proper now? Williams continues to wow with deep throws, landing runs and even a sensible play in opposition to Kansas on Saturday the place he wrestled the ball from teammate Kennedy Brooks to run for a primary down on fourth-and-1. Williams is a real freshman and the dearth of full-season statistics can be a downside, but when the Sooners end 13-0 and go to the CFP, then there’s no less than an opportunity he might be in New York.

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Buckeye trio: C.J. Stroud, TreVeyon Henderson and Chris Olave 

Stroud recalibrated after the Oregon loss, and he bounced again from a shoulder damage to put up monster numbers for the Buckeyes. That was on show in a blowout victory in opposition to Indiana through which Stroud handed for 3 TDs, Henderson rushed for 2 extra and Olave caught his thirtieth profession TD. Stroud has big-ticket video games in opposition to Penn State, Michigan State and Michigan too, and he might be the third straight Ohio State quarterback to be a Heisman finalist. Is he the most-dynamic offensive participant, nevertheless? Henderson, a freshman operating again, and Olave, a future first-round receiver, had been SN’s Midseason All-American selections

Group of 5 man: Desmond Ridder 

Would Ridder get the nod if he pushed Cincinnati into the playoff? Ridder has modest statistics with 1,608 yards, 15 TDs and three interceptions, and he isn’t the one star participant on the group. Running again Jerome Ford is a Doak Walker Award candidate, and SN Midseason All-American cornerback Ahmad Gardner is the most effective NFL prospect. Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch was the final Heisman finalist from the Group of 5 in 2013. He completed third. Ridder would probably fall in that vary. 

What a couple of operating again? Kenneth Walker III and Bijan Robinson 

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Would they let a operating again win the Heisman Trophy? Walker has been the centerpiece of Michigan State’s 7-0 season, and he entered the weekend with a FBS-best 997 dashing yards and 9 TDs. Lorenzo White completed fourth within the Heisman voting as a part of a Big Ten championship season for the Spartans  in 1987. That might be a glimpse of Walker’s future if he can lead Michigan State on a miracle run.

Robinson, who has 924 dashing yards and 10 TDs for Texas, could be the more-talented operating again. The sophomore has put collectively a formidable spotlight reel, however the Longhorns have three losses. Former Texas operating again D’Onta Foreman completed eighth within the voting regardless of dashing for two,028 yards in 2016. Robinson might end increased, however he looks like a top-five candidate. 

A defensive participant? Jordan Davis and Kayvon Thibodeaux

Meet the potential Ndamukong Suh-like candidate. Davis, a senior defensive deal with at Georgia, is the most effective participant on the most effective protection on the most effective group within the FBS. It’s at all times not possible to translate statistics for defensive tackles, and Davis would wish a number of flash performs — like that point Suh tossed Texas quarterback Colt McCoy like a rag doll — however he might emerge as a possible finalist over the ultimate month of the season. 

Thibodeaux is an efficient wager to be the No. 1 choose within the 2022 NFL Draft. The Oregon edge rusher is wholesome and continues to be a disruptive drive. He had two sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss in a 34-31 victory in opposition to UCLA on Saturday, which supplies him 4 sacks and seven.5 tackles for loss for the season. 

Current Heisman Odds

Here are the present Heisman odds in accordance to FanDuel.com

Player Odds
Bryce Young (QB, Alabama) +125
Matt Corral (QB, Ole Miss) +350
CJ Stroud (QB, Ohio State) +450
Kenny Pickett (QB, Pitt) +900

When is the Heisman Trophy Ceremony

The Heisman might be awarded on Dec. 11, one week after conferences maintain their convention championship video games. Last yr, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was held just about and never till Jan. 5. This yr, the ceremony is again to its regular date in mid-December.

Week 8 takeaways 


Wake Forest beat Army 70-56 to enhance to 7-0 for the primary time since 1944, a season through which the Black Knights had been nationwide champions.

The Demon Deacons misplaced to Duke in that 1944 season, they usually have an opportunity to avenge that subsequent week. That’s a good distance to come full circle.

Should we take Wake Forest significantly? The offense scored 4 TDs of 40 yards or extra in opposition to Army, and Sam Hartman continues to deal at quarterback. He had 458 yards and 5 TDs, and favourite goal Jaquarii Robertson added three extra TDs. He has three straight video games with 100 yards or extra.

Wake Forest is averaging 43.1 factors and 470 yards per sport. The Demon Deacons have scored 35 factors or extra in each sport this season, and that can examined for the subsequent 4 weeks in a Carolina tour of Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State and Clemson.


Franklin is the new teaching candidate for Power 5 vacancies starting from USC to LSU and no matter comes open subsequent.

Or is he? Penn State misplaced 20-18 to Illinois in a nine-overtime Big Ten eye-sore that knocked the Nittany Lions out of the CFP and Big Ten East race. Sean Clifford returned, however he struggled within the passing sport and had an important drop on a trick play within the third time beyond regulation. 

MORE: If you’re James Franklin, do you take USC or LSU?

We’ll see how these packages really feel about Franklin in a month. The Nittany Lions face three top-10 groups in Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State. Franklin is 1-6 in opposition to the Buckeyes, 3-4 in opposition to the Wolverines and 3-4 in opposition to the Spartans. Penn State is 9-7 the final two seasons.

If Franklin flirts with these openings, then will the Nittany Lions be prepared to let him go on his personal volition?


Oregon survived in a nail-biter in opposition to UCLA, which was sealed by a last-minute interception by cornerback D.J. James.

The one-loss Ducks would seemingly have the drop on Ohio State given the 35-28 victory at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 11.

But it is going to be an attention-grabbing debate, sadly. Head-to-head ought to at all times matter most, however Oregon has performed three straight one-score video games within the Pac-12. That contains an time beyond regulation loss to Stanford on Oct. 2.

Ohio State, in the meantime, averaged 52.4 factors per sport in its final 5 victories. The Buckeyes even have resume-padding opportunties coming in opposition to Penn State, Michigan State, Michigan and maybe Iowa within the Big Ten championship sport.

If the final playoff spot comes down to one-loss Oregon in opposition to Ohio State, what is going to matter extra? The head-to-head victory or the energy of schedule?


Alabama beat 11 SEC opponents by a median of 30.3 factors per sport in 2020. The sequel has been bumpy at occasions, and Tennessee had a 14-7 lead after one quarter on Saturday.

Of course, the Crimson Tide recalibrated and prolonged their profitable streak within the rivalry to 15 video games in a 52-24 victory.

Alabama, nevertheless, had two blown coverages and a red-zone turnnover within the first half. Alabama’s common SEC victory is down to 22.4 factors in 2021, and that doesn’t embody the 41-38 loss to Texas A&M.

The excellent news? Young continues to get higher with every week round a supporting solid that features Brian Robinson Jr., John Metchie III and Jameson Williams. Considering these 4 changed first-round picks within the 2021 NFL Draft, there is not that a lot to be involved about. 

The Crimson Tide stay on monitor for a possible blockbuster matchup in opposition to Georgia within the SEC championship sport, however they nonetheless have to enhance in SEC West matchups in opposition to LSU, Arkansas and Auburn.

This is the fitting time for a bye week.

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